Ahead of the White House Leaders Summit on Climate, the USDA set a new goal of enrolling up to four million new acres in the Conservation Reserve Program. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack made the announcement during Wednesday’s White House National Climate Task Force meeting. “We need to invest in CRP and let it do what it does best, preserve topsoil, sequester carbon and reduce the impacts of climate change,” said Vilsack, in a statement. In 2021, CRP is capped at 25 million acres with more than 20 million acres currently enrolled. Within two years, the cap will gradually increase to 27 million acres. USDA will increase incentive payments for general and continuous CRP signup. Landowners would benefit from an increase in rental payments if trees are planted, wildlife habitat is developed or there’s wetland restoration. Read more.
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